Here are some excerpts from a BBC article that was posted online today:
"Crocodiles can no longer be referred to as "living fossils", according to scientists".
"Members of the crocodilian [sic] family have previously been thought to have changed little since prehistoric times. However, new fossil analyses suggests that modern crocodilians actually evolved from a very diverse group".
"Recently discovered ancient ancestors include small cat-like specimens, giant "supercrocs" and a pug-nosed vegetarian species".
"Modern crocodilians are adapted to aquatic environments with long snouts, strong tails and powerful jaws. Yet contrary to popular belief, scientists now suggest that the basic body structure of crocodiles, alligators and ghariels [sic] evolved from a diverse group of prehistoric reptiles with different body shapes".
You can read the rest of this story here. I am always flabbergasted how these "popular beliefs" still persist and how this "revelation" can be considered new.
Can't wait to get my copy of the new JVP memoir though. It sounds incredible.
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